Trail Design & Building

Checkout iMTB Africa's new trails in Greyton

Contact Warrick for more information on trail design and implementation for your next project.

Knietjies Trail

Distance & Height:

3400m with 140m ascent

Requirements:

1. This is the first section of the new Knietjies Trail to 2nd Bench. A thick wilderness area with a hidden valley and a few short but noticeable climbs.

2. A non technical undulating trail with corkscrew switchbacks and high berms.

MTB Difficulty: 

Beginner/Intermediate 

An Undulating Trail of Twists and Turns
 
The Fynbos in this area is particularly beautiful having not burnt for several years. In places the bush was incredibly thick at 3 meters in height. This made for an interesting obstacle when planning and walking the route. 
Huge Corkscrews
 
We spent many days digging in this area now nicknamed "Hot Buttered". The super tube exit from Knietjies Crown sweeps you into the next section of the Knietjies Trail.
The work was tough to say the least - but well worth this creation. 

The Real + Simple Climb

Distance & Height:

880m with 52m descent.

Requirements:

1. A simple easy climb to the lookout point at 1st bench and access to the Bone Shaker descent.

2. A non technical ascent with flat turn switchbacks.

MTB Difficulty: 

Beginner/Intermediate 

Flat Turn Switchbacks
There is a large amount of rock on this hill, together with a mixture of sand and clay. This particular flat turn switchback had a high quantity of shale - making for some tough work. 
Again this trail was built on a tight budget, we were unable to truck in clay, soil and had no available water, making it difficult to bed down the surface.
Swoops 
 
We've experimented with a series of swoop type steps which have short inclines of 3 to 4 percent, followed by a flat contour section. This breaks the monotony of a consistent climb and provides better erosion control. This section in picture was built after the previous nights rain, making for easier work when bedding down the surface. 

The Bone Doctor

Distance & Height:

1.42km with 113m descent.

Requirements:

1. To link the lookout point at 1st bench to the trails on the west side of Greyton.

2. To slow the speed and elongate the route via berms with minimal erosion.

MTB Difficulty: 

Intermediate

Switchback Entry Point
The soil type on this hill is a mixture between sand and clay and a high quantity of shale. 
Working on a tight budget, we were unable to truck in clay and soil in order to build up the berms. We had to make use of the earth extracted from the trail to create this mass.
Half-way Down 
 
The predominant vegetation type in this area is fynbos, which produces little to no humus.
With an annual rain fall of around 800mm over both summer and winter, this hill has to deal with a lot of runoff.
We've created a  drainage system which draws the water off the trail whilst maintaining a smooth flowing surface.

The R.I.P

Distance & Height:

1.57km with 131m descent.

Requirements:

1. To link the lookout point at 2nd bench to the trails on the east side of Greyton,

2. Allow for speed and flow on a continual descent with minimal erosion.

MTB Difficulty: 

Intermediate

Digging out the last berm on the R.I.P
We've rebuilt the last berm before the R.I.P exit. Allowing the ridder to maintain a high speed as the flow to the final series of corkscrew twists and turns. 
The Puff Adder on the R.I.P
This was an ambitious undertaking - 3 huge descending berms creating the Puff Adder. Fast flowing with a massive g-force pull if you release the brakes and let it RIP!!!
The LINK
The new LINK which joins the the new Hospital Bend and the last berm on the R.I.P

SIGNAGE

We have developed a simple trail signage system for all out door activities.

Eliminate ambiguity and make available key information that a cyclist, hiker or trail runner would find essential in making choices en route.

We Answer Questions like :-

- How far and how much climbing if I take this route as opposed to that route.

- How far am I from the start and finish and what safety aspects should I be aware of, like difficulty or cell phone reception.

- If there's a view point just off the current trail, how far is it and what is entailed to get there and back to where I am now.

95 Main Rd

Greyton

Western Cape

South Africa

imtbafrica@gmail.com

+27(0)82 3990395

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